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DLS Review: Picasa 3.8 released, now with Picnik editor

Picasa 3.8 was unleashed upon the world a couple of days ago. It brings with it several major features, such as Batch Upload, something called "Face Movie," which creates an animation out of a series of images of the same person, and last but certainly not least, Picnik photo editing. That's right – Picasa can now upload your photo seamlessly to Picnik, and it allows you to edit it there,...

Screenshot tour: JustPictures is an awesome photo app with powerful web integration

Android's built-in image browser, 'Gallery', isn't fantastic. By default it displays a load of tiny, unwieldy and laggy thumbnails. While you can strongarm it into behaving better, why bother when excellent alternatives like JustPictures are available? From the outset, JustPictures replicates the built-in Android app -- but it's faster, prettier, and less fiddly. You are presented with a simple...

Photoshop CS5 imaging tip: HDR goes PRO!

HDR, or 'high dynamic range imaging', is a popular term in photographic circles at the moment. Love it or hate it, HDR, thanks to the digital camera, is here to stay. To that end, Adobe has finally given us a half-decent interface for conjuring up blindingly over-shiny and under-achieving HDR photographs. Dubbed 'HDR Pro', it replaces the God-awful interface present in CS4. Whether it will make...

5 geeky, free Windows programs non-geeks should know about

Download Squad's regular readers are smarter than the average bear when it comes to software. You're familiar with the apps we review -- or brave enough to go try them out if you haven't. Your friends and family probably aren't quite as up to speed, and they should be. There are loads of excellent free programs out there that could be saving them time and preventing headaches -- if they only...

Timeline integrates Photoshop with Subversion (SVN) for full version control

My name's Sebastian, I'm a photographer, and I have a problem: I take lots of photos at an excruciatingly high resolution. If 20 megabyte RAW files weren't bad enough, by the time each photo goes through my Photoshop workflow they're 50-100MB each. But that's OK -- I just keep buying terabyte drives. I'm a junky like that! The real problems occur when it comes to editing: sometimes I make...

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 is a great free imaging and partitioning tool

Paragon has long been a name respected by technicians and IT professionals. Their latest release is aimed squarely at home users, and it's a program well worth trying out. Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition is an excellent, multi-talented hard drive management app. So, what can you do with it? For starters, it will create and restore images of your hard drives and partitions. There's also...

Microsoft offers tool to burn Windows 7 ISO - or put it on a USB flash drive

If you have already downloaded - or plan on downloading - a purchased copy of Windows 7, you may need a tool to help you turn the bits into something bootable so you can actually start installing your new OS. By some amazing coincidence, Microsoft has a tool designed to handle just such an emergency! Grab the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and follow the on-screen instructions and you'll...

JPEG 'XR': courtesy of Microsoft.

Earlier in the year, on the Windows Media HD photo format. According to Computer Buyer UK, the JPEG group is now working on a successor to the venerable JPEG image format - and making extensive use of Microsoft's HD Photo standard within the format. According to the site, "JPEG says it has received assurances from Microsoft that it will make patents necessary for implementation available free-of...

Get rid of red-eye in Paint Shop Pro

We've all taken one of those pictures. It's perfect. There we are with our family around us, and we all look like something out of a horror film. It's not that your family is unattractive, it's just that the lash has created a red-eye effect making you all look evil. Removing red-eye can be easy. This quick tutorial shows you how to remove red-eye like a pro, and take the demon looks away from...

SimpleOCR

So, simple American boy meets an attractive American flatbed scanner. It is a story we have all heard a hundred times, right? What happens in the story is the boy falls in love with the scanner, pledges it all his paper and digital bliss for as long as the scanners warranty is good. So he takes the scanner home, carries it over the threshold, and plugs it into the wall and into the back of his...

Imaging tip of the day: Automation

Automation seems to be all the rage in computing these days. I guess making computers do more of the work is finally catching on. A couple of weeks ago I posted an Imaging Tip on OSX Tiger Automator actions for Photoshop CS/CS2, and I figured it was time to expand our horizons to include a few more programs and and get Windows users in on the fun. More after the jump....